BEAUMONT, TX (News Release) - By Donna McCollum - email
NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Baby Isabella is the 11th child in Texas to die from hyperthermia after being left in a hot car.
Her death follows reminders from child advocates on how to prevent such a tragic mistake.
Child advocate Lisa King cradles a baby the same age as the one who died in a hot car in Lufkin. The child welfare board member knows what people are saying.
"How could anyone forget their baby in the car? How could you do that?" said King.
It happens through unintentional carelessness.
"They literally just forget. It's not because they don't love their children. Life gets in the way sometimes," said King.
King simulated in June how easy a preoccupied mind can lead to deadly mistakes.
"Last 5 minutes it has gone up 3 degrees," said King.
Yesterday it was 103 degrees outside, but no simulation is needed to know it was much hotter in parked cars.
"At 2 hours now the temperature has gone up to just right at 114 degrees in this car,"
Aside from tragically losing their baby, the family will have to undergo an intensive investigation. It's what happens when a baby this young dies under these kind of circumstances.
Isabella Marie Stanaland's name is already posted on child safety Web sites as the latest vehicle hyperthermia fatality. Included are prevention tips, such as placing items to be carried from the car next to your child.
"I've got to open that car door and get that briefcase out and I'll find that child," said King.
The tips were given in June. And now in August. When it comes to protecting babies' lives, they can't be repeated enough.